Concept artist Jared Krichevsky reveals that Warner Bros. was at one point working on a live-action Cyborg project which started Drake as Vic Stone.
Hip-Hop artist Drake was at one point considered to play Cyborg in a canceled DC series.
Concept artists Jared Krichevsky posted an image made for the show which depicts Drake as the beloved DC character. “Cyborg concept for a series that didn’t happen. They wanted to cast Drake at one point,” wrote Krichevsky. No further details on the canned project were provided and the reason for its termination is currently unknown. The artist’s phrasing suggests that Drake was one of several people in line to play Victor Stone but the other possible candidates remain a mystery.
If the series came to fruition, Drake would have been the fourth actor to step into Cyborg’s robotic body. Previous live-action portrayals of the character include Lee Thompson Young in Smallville, Ray Fisher in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League and Zack Synder’s Justice League and Joivan Wade in Doom Patrol.
Victor Stone has had dubious luck when it comes to standalone live-action projects. Beyond Drake’s canceled series, Warner Bros. also planned for Fisher’s iteration of the character to further appear in the DC Extended Universe in his own movie. Originally slated for a 2020 release, the film was eventually removed from the studio’s schedule and its current production status is unknown. While some speculate that it’s been canceled, Warner Bros. has yet to provide an official statement on Cyborg.
Many believe that Cyborg was indefinitely delayed due to Fisher speaking out against Warner Bros. and Joss Whedon, who completed the theatrical cut of Justice League after Zack Snyder departed the project. The actor alleges that Whedon’s treatment of the film’s cast and the crew was “abusive” and “unprofessional” while also stating that several WarnerMedia executives enabled his behavior. The claims have been officially denied by both Whedon and the studio.
If Cyborg does eventually return to Warner Bros.’ upcoming slate, Fisher explained what he wants to see in the character’s first solo movie. “I think there’s some repairing that has to take place between Cyborg and his father, in that relationship,” said Fisher. “I think there’s also a lot of ground to explore how much technology is too much technology for humanity, and how fast technology is evolving, and the role Cyborg could play in potentially mitigating the issues that come about because of that.”
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